NPR

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 88%

The Trip To Italy (2014)

"I'd follow these guys "'round the horn" in a second. Maybe that's where they'll head next time."

Posted Aug 15, 2014

Bob Mondello

2 35%

The Expendables 3 (2014)

"The third installment in Sylvester Stallone's jobs program for expired action heroes is easily the best of the bunch, which is not to say it's any good."

Posted Aug 15, 2014

Chris Klimek

3 90%

Frank (2014)

"That Fassbender plays the role of the disguised rocker fits well with the movie's tone: putting one of the biggest actors in Hollywood behind a mask lends a further rebellious streak to an already sardonic film."

Posted Aug 14, 2014

Tomas Hachard

4 31%

The Giver (2014)

"If the movie hits ominous notes, they've all been heard many times before ..."

Posted Aug 14, 2014

Mark Jenkins

5 88%

The Trip To Italy (2014)

"What I find appealing about these films is their sloping, improvisational air, their quality of catching a moment of life on the wing, as when Brydon startles Coogan with a joke so good he can't stop himself from laughing."

Posted Aug 14, 2014

John Powers

6 ——

Agatha Christie's Poirot : Season 13

" Since these are, absolutely, the last TV episodes featuring Suchet as Poirot, they do provide a satisfying conclusion to a very long-running viewing experience. "

Posted Aug 13, 2014

David Bianculli

7 86%

The Knick: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" A program that could have been stuck on one culture shifts, offering a broader look at race, class, gender, science and society in ways that turn storytellers into kids surveying a particularly large candy store. "

Posted Aug 11, 2014

Eric Deggans

8 95%

The Dog (2014)

"It'll leave you alternately amused and slack-jawed in astonishment."

Posted Aug 8, 2014

Bob Mondello

9 86%

The Knick: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Getting into The Knick ...will take two or three episodes. But once you check into this particular TV hospital, and stick around for a while, you'll care about the characters, their stories and their amazing new inventions. "

Posted Aug 7, 2014

David Bianculli

10 21%

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)

"There's no lack of craft here, but there's certainly an absence of character."

Posted Aug 7, 2014

Tomas Hachard

11 58%

Deepsea Challenge 3D (2014)

"This movie is meant for the ... audience that's already jazzed about exploring the bottom of the seas."

Posted Aug 7, 2014

Mark Jenkins

12 72%

What If (2014)

"The film manages a neat trick of sticking close to formula while still being unexpectedly fresh."

Posted Aug 7, 2014

Ian Buckwalter

13 89%

Calvary (2014)

"Calvary is bleak and corrosively funny in about equal measure."

Posted Aug 1, 2014

Bob Mondello

14 54%

Sharknado 2: The Second One (2014)

"Because they put the pedal to the metal and go full, screaming, bedazzled monkeypants crazy from beginning to end, it sort of works."

Posted Jul 31, 2014

Linda Holmes

15 88%

The Honorable Woman: Season 1 (TV, 2014-2015)

" Politically, The Honorable Woman doesn't take sides - it comes at you from all sides. And all sides are given motivations and conflicts, which makes this miniseries both a rare and a rewarding viewing experience. "

Posted Jul 31, 2014

David Bianculli

16 47%

War Story (2014)

"In Keener's hands, the collapse feels urgent but not unhinged, and Lee's trajectory from steely and determined to openly distraught lends an otherwise meandering film a strong core."

Posted Jul 31, 2014

Tomas Hachard

17 36%

Child Of God (2014)

"It's hard to see past the lurid details of the Tennessee tale, adapted from Cormac McCarthy's 1973 exercise in backwoods noir."

Posted Jul 31, 2014

Mark Jenkins

18 92%

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

"There's plenty of heart in Guardians, but it gets its emotional heft largely from the warmth that this kind of comedy inherently contains."

Posted Jul 31, 2014

Linda Holmes

19 64%

Lucy (2014)

"Lucy is a welcome reminder of just how much Besson's wry sensibility as a filmmaker adds to movies like this."

Posted Jul 25, 2014

Chris Klimek

20 100%

The Endless Summer (1966)

"Part surfing film, part travelogue, occasionally even anthropological study and wildlife film, ultimately it visually taps into the wanderlust that sends us to far-flung beaches in search of an escape from life that we can't find at home."

Posted Jul 25, 2014

Ian Buckwalter

21 78%

Happy Christmas (2014)

"Unfortunately, Happy Christmas's characters and conflicts are generic compared to Drinking Buddies."

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Tomas Hachard

22 91%

A Most Wanted Man (2014)

"A Most Wanted Man retains a cogent narrative and le Carre's weary outlook. Rather than choke the narrative with details, the filmmakers keep the story lean while adding evocative visual and aural details."

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Mark Jenkins

23 100%

The Whole Gritty City ()

"We return to this scene at the end of the documentary. By then, we know a lot more about these local bands, and how much music means to the kids, and how they even inspire each other."

Posted Jul 18, 2014

David Bianculli

24 41%

Wish I Was Here (2014)

"Wish I Was Here's philosophical scope never gets much bigger than the slip of paper inside a fortune cookie."

Posted Jul 18, 2014

Ian Buckwalter

25 62%

Mood Indigo (2014)

"Mood Indigo thrives on clutter and near-total loss of control."

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Tomas Hachard

26 49%

I Origins (2014)

"If the film's plot is loonier than a mainstream movie would dare, the essential trajectory is one of Hollywood's favorites: from skepticism to faith."

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Mark Jenkins

27 87%

The Strain: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Del Toro's love of special effects and genuine scares, and his delight in mixing humor and horror, run throughout The Strain. "

Posted Jul 14, 2014

David Bianculli

28 99%

Boyhood (2014)

"The film gives every appearance of happening exactly the way life does, And exactly the way life does, it makes you care."

Posted Jul 11, 2014

Bob Mondello

29 75%

Land Ho! (2014)

"Land Ho! walks and talks like a hand-held indie, except that it keeps making these funny skips into horror comedy and the musical."

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Ella Taylor

30 91%

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)

"It's the first big tent-pole film of 2014 that nails everything from start to finish, blending thoughtful allegory, meaningful science fiction and dazzling action spectacle without a hitch."

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Ian Buckwalter

31 93%

Closed Curtain (2014)

"Closed Curtain can be seen to express something more than the plight of one artist in internal exile. That house on the Caspian, a home that's also a prison, represents an entire country in spiritual incarceration."

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Mark Jenkins

32 83%

The Empty Hours (2014)

"Eventually you begin to wonder what these series of standstill moments represent."

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Tomas Hachard

33 24%

Tammy (2014)

"Eventually the film does manage to find its own awkward way, with enough effective and less desperate jokes to smooth things over after the rocky start."

Posted Jul 3, 2014

Ian Buckwalter

34 29%

Deliver Us from Evil (2014)

"It's time for Derrickson, who also directed The Exorcism of Emily Rose, to master a new ritual."

Posted Jul 3, 2014

Mark Jenkins

35 69%

Me and You (2014)

"Mostly what's missing in Me and You, what drains it of insight and resonance, is a sense of the world outside of Lorenzo's apartment building."

Posted Jul 3, 2014

Tomas Hachard

36 65%

Beyond the Edge (2014)

"Recalled in the somewhat breathless History Channel-style voice-overs of the participants and their families, the journey was a triumph of guts, perseverance, endurance, ingenuity and teamwork."

Posted Jul 3, 2014

Ella Taylor

37 69%

They Came Together (2014)

"The problem with They Came Together is that what it settles on as the parody-able thing about romantic comedy is how generic it can feel."

Posted Jun 27, 2014

Linda Holmes

38 57%

Tyrant: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" [The] viewers get a family soap opera masquerading as something more; a gritty fairy tale in which the Americanized characters are the most virtuous and figures regularly act in ways that make little sense beyond furthering the story. "

Posted Jun 26, 2014

Eric Deggans

39 77%

Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger (2014)

"Bulger remains frustratingly opaque."

Posted Jun 26, 2014

Ella Taylor

40 70%

Nothing Bad Can Happen (2014)

"Its world is so remote, its characters behavior so unexplained - despite the fact that the film is based on true events - that our connection to the story slackens significantly over time."

Posted Jun 26, 2014

Tomas Hachard

41 95%

Snowpiercer (2014)

"This is exactly the sort of ambitious, audacious, and uncompromising filmmaking that deserves to be seen."

Posted Jun 26, 2014

Ian Buckwalter

42 83%

Begin Again (2014)

"Both laughable and sweet."

Posted Jun 26, 2014

Mark Jenkins

43 50%

Five Dances (2013)

"A lovingly shot valentine to work and body and art, and a generous, ultimately happy little story of a lost boy finding a community and a kindred soul."

Posted Jun 24, 2014

Trey Graham

44 91%

Venus in Fur (2014)

"Roman Polanski's been making films about psycho-sexual mind games for decades, and when his opening shot poses his stage director next to a very phallic cactus, you know he's at it again."

Posted Jun 20, 2014

Bob Mondello

45 53%

Jersey Boys (2014)

""Eastwood's got a feel for music (he composed the scores for most of his recent films). But he doesn't have a particular flair for musical staging.""

Posted Jun 20, 2014

Bob Mondello

46 24%

Third Person (2014)

"If the film didn't take its own intended profundity so seriously, it might get a pass."

Posted Jun 19, 2014

Ian Buckwalter

47 91%

Norte, the End of History (2014)

"Norte is formidable cinema that doesn't shy away from exploring history, philosophy, politics and religion at length. But it's also a story of three individuals, through whom these topics gain sharper focus."

Posted Jun 19, 2014

Tomas Hachard

48 75%

The Last Sentence (2014)

"A richly detailed portrait of a great man riddled with flaws and undone by adulation."

Posted Jun 19, 2014

Ella Taylor

49 53%

Jersey Boys (2014)

"Engagingly lively, if not always graceful, and often surprisingly comic."

Posted Jun 19, 2014

Mark Jenkins

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